There is still time for a last-minute holiday gift purchase, but most importantly, we thought it would be fun and informative to review what our editors and other literary pundits felt were some of the best books on architecture and design as we look for inspiration in the new year.

Following are links to some of our favorites.

Modern Architecture A-Z compiled by the inimitable Taschen publishing empire, with more than 280 entries. An overview of the key players in the creation of modern space, spanning from the 19th to the 21st century. Pioneering architects are featured with a portrait, concise biography, as well as a description of their important work.

The Frankfurt Book Fair and Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) have issued their list of the ten best architectural books published the past year.  The International DAM Book Awards were selected from 214 entries and 88 international publishers, based on criteria such as design content, quality of material and finishing, innovation, and topicality. The winning books feature projects from all over the world.

Building Chicago by John Zukowsky, an architectural and design historian, author, and former longtime curator of architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago explores one of America’s premier architectural design cities. The beautifully illustrated, 300-page architectural anthology chronicles masterpieces by a roster of greats including Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Daniel Burnham and Mies van der Rohe.

An architecture buff’s dream road trip — Mid Century Architectural Travel Guide: West Coast USA by author Sam Lubell takes readers on an armchair road trip through the best homes, offices, schools, parks, and more in California, Oregon, and Washington.

And from the venerable Financial Times – a list of their favorite tomes.

Happy Holidays!

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